As we enter 2021 in Lockdown 3.0, more and more of us are spending time at home than ever before.

With more time spent at home – it’s natural that you will also find yourself creating a great deal more waste on a day-to-day basis.

Are you looking to recycle more at home but not really sure how or where to start? Have a read through our latest blog including the importance of recycling and KCM Waste Management’s top tips:

The Importance of Recycling at Home

Annually the United Kingdom produces a huge 200 million metric tonnes of waste. And around 44% of this total amount is recoverable!

Recycling your household rubbish means you are doing your bit to reduce these staggering figures – which can have a number of benefits as outlined below:

Protect the Environment

During these uncertain times, many businesses and homeowners alike are currently becoming more aware of reducing their carbon footprint and their waste costs.

If we recycle, then we can preserve our natural raw sources of material as much as possible.

This also means we can reduce the risk of deforestation that can have very damaging environmental impacts such as destroying habitats and wildlife, as well as global warming.

Reduce the Need for Landfill

A landfill site, or also known as the tip, has extremely damaging effects on the environment and causes pollution.

Any of your waste that isn’t recycled or reused for something else, will often end up in landfill.

As your waste naturally decays at a landfill site, it becomes one of the main producers of harmful chemicals and greenhouse gases into the environment.

Create Local Jobs

Recycling at home also has great economic benefits!

Did you know that if UK domestic waste recycling was increased to 40%, then up to 10,000 new jobs would be created? This could have huge benefits to your local environment.

What Materials Can I Recycle?

One of the issues homeowners struggle the most with is knowing what exactly they can actually recycle!

First of all, it’s important to make sure you use your council recycling bins as effectively as possible. Your local council should provide you with separated recycling bins or boxes to help divide plastic, glass, tins, and card.

You can find out more about what exactly you can put in each of your bins on your local council’s website.

Here are the most common household materials you can recycle:


If you’re working from home at the moment, or perhaps even home-schooling, too, (yikes!), then you’re probably producing a large amount of paper waste that can be recycled.

Don’t forget that all types of paper including post, newspapers, and empty toilet rolls can also be recycled with your cardboard. As well as all of the cardboard boxes from your food packaging (and copious number of Amazon deliveries).

It’s also important to fill your bins as efficiently as possible. For example by condensing your cardboard boxes to help make the mos1t out of the space in your bin.


The most common types of household plastics are generally items such as plastic bottles, milk cartons, food packaging, and more.

However don’t forget to recycle items that can be found elsewhere in the home such as shampoo bottles, carrier bags, and bin liners.


There are actually quite a wide number of household metal materials that you may not normally think of that can be easily recycled.

If you regularly use tins of food, then you can simply wash them out, and then they can be recycled into something new. Don’t forget that you can even wash your tin foil and recycle that, too! Likewise, if you have metal furniture that you no longer require, then this should always be recycled.


If you have any unbroken glass waste such as glass bottles or jars, then these can all be recycled.

Many people don’t realise that it’s actually very valuable to recycle your glass waste as it is one of the few materials which is perpetually recyclable. This means it can be recycled again and again without any reductions to the purity or quality of the glass.


Wood is also one of the most important materials to recycle. It is one of the best sources of renewable energy and is very easy to recycle for a low cost!

If you have produced a large amount of wood waste from DIY and gardening projects or if you have wooden furniture waste – then you can have this removed and recycled by a local waste management company such as us at KCM.

Garden Waste

If you regularly produce garden waste such as grass, leaves, hedge clippings, etc. then these can all be easily recycled.

Composting is also another good way to reuse your garden waste at a low-cost.

Our Top Tips for Recycling at Home

The main thing you should always try to remember is to reduce, reuse and recycle!

This can be done by simple things such as:

  • Use your recycling bins efficiently
  • Reuse plastic bags
  • Ditch the plastic bottles
  • Purchase recycled items
  • Plan your meals
  • Go paperless

How KCM Waste Management Can Help You Recycle

KCM can take away all of your household rubbish and unwanted items from anywhere on your property – house, flat, garage, shed or garden – no matter what condition it is in with our man in a van service.

Our teams are flexible with timings meaning we can work around your schedule. We will then ensure your household waste is recycled or converted into something useful.

Our competitively priced service is convenient for both small removals and full house clear-outs.

To find out more about how to recycle at home – or our household waste removal and recycling services – please contact our friendly team on 01709 361 144.